Thursday, February 9, 2012


February 17 - 25, 2012
FREE and open to the public
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL
All programs begin at 7 p.m. (except Sunday, February 19, which begins at 2 p.m.)
For fourteen years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in lively discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.
Complete details about each film can be found on the Festival homepage, . For more information, contact or 727.864.7979
Friday, February 17, 7 pm Animal Endurance: The Turin Horse This year's festival opens with Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse, Hungary's contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and 2011 Berlinale Jury Grand and Fipresci prizes. Topics addressed include crude oil, radical environmental groups, light pollution and urban agriculture in the back of a truck.This program is offered in collaboration with the International Cinema series. The film will be introduced by Dr. Nathan Andersen, Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies at Eckerd College, Program Director of International Cinema and Co-director of the "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature" Environmental Film Festival.
Saturday, February 18, 7 pm The Politics of Oil: Crude Director/Producer/Executive Producer/Cinematographer Joe Berlinger (USA, 105m, 2009). Peter Maass, writer for "The New York Times Magazine" and author of the book "Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil," will introduce the film "The Politics of Oil: Crude." The film is about one of the largest and most controversial legal case on the planet, the $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, and examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.
Sunday, February 19, 2 pm Protecting Mother Earth Organized by the Film and Video Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Presented by Elizabeth Weatherford, NMAI-FVC Director. Featuring Mother Earth in Crisis, The Rights of Mother Earth/Los Derechos de la Pachamama, Elderly Words: Who's Threatening the Water? , Yukon Circles and Sisa Nambi.
Monday, February 20, 7 pm Debts to Nature and Society: Payback Director, Jennifer Baichwal (USA, 86m, 2012). The film will be introduced by Dr. James Deutsch, a program curator at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and an adjunct professor of American Studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Tuesday, February 21, 7 pm Environmental Activism after 9/11: If a Tree Falls Directors Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (USA, 85m, 2011). The film will be introduced by Eckerd College Alumna Darden Rice. Darden Rice has over a decade of experience working for the public interest and progressive political campaigns. Most recently, she was the Florida Program Director for the Gulf Restoration Network and is currently the president of the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters.
Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm The Importance of the Night Sky: The City Dark Director Ian Cheney (USA, 84m, 2011). The film will be introduced by writer, producer, director, and editor Ian Cheney.
Thursday, February 23, 7 pm Taking Urban Agriculture on the Road: Truck Farm Director Ian Cheney (USA, 48m, 2011). The film will be introduced by Professor Kip Curtis and the Eckerd College organic gardeners.
Friday, February 24, 7 pm Ethnomusicology and Ecology in Africa: OKA! Director Lavinia Currier (USA and Central African Republic, 106m, 2011). The film will be introduced by Dr. Catherine J. Allen. Catherine Allen is a Professor of Anthropology at the The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Allen is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in expressive culture and performance.
Saturday, February 25, 7 pm Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic: Green Fire Director Curt Meine, Narrated by Peter Coyote (USA, 2011). The film will be introduced by the Dr. Meine, a conservation biologist, historian, and writer, who has worked on biodiversity conservation planning, sustainable agriculture, international development, crane and wetland conservation, prairie restoration, and development of community-based conservation programs.

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